Monday, February 1, 2010

Weekend Shredding

Sweatshop Union... There's a different group for you. Rap, not usually a genre I'm huge about but this group has some pretty strong songs, with lyrics that dive deeper than the typical "Making money, slappin hunnies, shoot up the block, and slingin rocks" rap bullshit. Water streets a great place to start album wise, with songs like Oh My and Comes and Goes. "And we slave in the old workforce, and pay for a government that don't work for us" Deep...

So this last week was about as awesome as any this month. I got to ride trails on Tuesday, trainer on Wednesday, a utmost kickass ride with Sean on Thursday at SMP, and then some snow riding at Bothwell Lodge in Sedalia on Saturday. This is a cool 3.5 mile loop that throws fast buff trail at you and then rocky tech sections too. The snow and ice made things interesting, and I cleared everything at least once which was a task on the SS given the conditions. There was about an inch of snow on the ground.

For some reason my hand experienced pain from the cold worse than I can ever recall. I guess getting dressed outside without my gloves left them cold before I even started and it went downhill fast after that. I wore my same glove set up and it wasn't that cold so I was a little confused. Thank god for Bothwell's super awesome heated bathroom. It was a life save, and once re-heated, my hands were good for three more laps. Check this sweet trail off Highway 65 just a few miles north of Sedalia if you're ever in the area.

Here's my winter riding gear, bib knickers, long sleeve jersy, and my bib Carharts, and old school Jeff City Flying Service jacket. I look like a hillbilly, but I'm at least a warm one, and suprisingly comfortable too!

Sunday I joined forces with three buddies from Columbia to hit Hidden Valley up in the Lou for some snowboarding. The snow was the best I've ever seen in Missouri and thanks to the big air comp on Saturday, they had some awesome jumps set up. It was one of those days were everything came together. The weather was Spring like, and my boarding was top knotch, the best ever. We didn't even take pics because we decided everything was going so smoothly that we didn't want to screw the mojo up with dealing with taking pics. So we rode hard, and shredded. I managed to pull a nice 360 off a kicker, and pulled the 50-50 to boardslide on one of the kinked rails. All in all it was an awesome day, but I did make one mistake which led to this...

A nice chunk out of my new to this season Omatic Celebrity snowboard. It was partly my fault, I was trying to do a switch 180 nose tap on a rail and got off balance and slammed the nose of my board into the front of the rail. I cut the excess off and still rode confidently for the rest of the day. This board has progressed my skills emensly this year, and it feels amazing. Hopefully they can help me out on getting me on a new board soon.

This week looks interesting weather wise, a little to warm for my taste. My B-day is Saturday, the big 23. Hopefully we can take to Snow Creek all day Friday for more snow action...

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